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Joe Carbonara

Excellence in Experience

In addition to projecting slow but real growth for the foodservice industry in 2018, The NPD Group outlined a handful of attributes that will affect the way consumers use foodservice. Specifically, NPD predicts consumers will remain strapped for time, embrace digital ordering even more and strive to develop a closer relationship with their couches.

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Juan Martinez

Eye on Efficiency

If your new year’s resolution has fallen by the wayside not that the calendar has turned to February, never fear. It is always a good time to explore new experiences and new opportunities to make a difference in the foodservice industry.

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Jerry Stiegler

Restaurant Sales Flat in January, Sales Growth Among Largest Chains Slowed, and the Number of U.S. Restaurants Dipped

U.S. retail sales declined in January while restaurant sales were flat. Rising government price indexes raise fears of higher inflation and interest rates. Technomic reports sales growth among the 500 largest restaurant chains slowed for the second consecutive year. The number of restaurants in the U.S. declined last year. These stories and whole lot more This Week in Foodservice.

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Jim Zink is a managing partner for Zink Foodservice Group, an Ohio-based manufacturers’ rep firm. A second generation member of the foodservice industry, Jim joined the business his father Skip started in 1977. Jim is also a previous recipient of FE&S’ Top Achiever—Rep Award and remains very active in the foodservice industry and various charitable endeavors.

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FE&S: What keeps you working in the foodservice industry?

Jim Zink: Every day brings new challenges, so there is always a great energy in this business, which I love. Also, the people! Collectively speaking, the entire channel is a hard-working, service oriented group. It’s fun to be a part of this industry.

FE&S: Would you encourage your children to work in this business?

Jim Zink: Absolutely! As the industry evolves there will continue to be great career opportunities on many levels. Whether you are an engineer, a designer, a sales professional or a chef, there will continue to be so many ways to participate and carve out a challenging, yet rewarding, career path.

FE&S: What type of charitable activities are you involved in?

Jim Zink: I am a director of FORE CANCER RESEARCH. This is an all-volunteer group founded by foodservice industry veteran Mark Thomas that has donated more than $350,000 in the last four years for cancer research. Key industry sponsors at our 2010 annual Pro-Am golf event included platinum sponsor, Rubbermaid plus gold sponsors Manitowoc Foodservice, Anchor Hocking, Wasserstrom, RZ Marketing, Contemporary Foodservice & Zink Foodservice Group. Cancer is a disease that unfortunately affects all of us in one way or another. FORE Cancer Research is a vehicle to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research. It’s been a very rewarding endeavor.

FE&S: What was your first job in foodservice?

Jim Zink: During my college years at Notre Dame I tended bar at Bridget McGuire’s Filling Station in South Bend, Ind. I learned quickly that college kids don’t tip!

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